Smoky sweet potato and apple soup
Even though I do have to admit that I’m not ready to let go of summer veggies and those fresh, raw dishes that shine with things plucked straight from the garden, I am ready for soup. Cold soups are delicious and refreshing, but they’re just not the same as a big bowl of steaming hot goodness.
So, our newly chilly weather has me back in the kitchen, brewing up old favorites and experimenting with new combinations. This makes me ear-to-ear-smilin’ happy, because one could say I’m rather fond of soup. Addicted, even.
Sweet potatoes and tart apples go so well together, especially in soups where their flavors have time to meld and marry. The smokiness of the pimenton (smoked paprika) and bacon (vegetarian substitutes work here, too) add warmth and depth and a certain fallness to the soup. A touch of lemon juice heightens, I think — in a good way — the tartness of the apple.
This was the first fall soup I made, and if this is any indication, soup season will be wonderful!